I originally posted this in June 2012. In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, it seemed to merit repeating.
When I first read about Jaspers and his concept of loving struggle I had a bit of trouble getting my mind around it. However, with continued contemplation of the concept, I think I am beginning to get it.
Now, I seem to find the idea of this loving struggle echoing in the words of many people whose work focuses on peace and conflict resolution, and I am beginning to see why Jaspers thought our survival depends on our ability to enter into a loving struggle with others.
One place where I am repeatedly reminded of the importance of the loving struggle is the radio program On Being. This program from American Public Media, focuses on “big questions at the center of human life”. One recent program focused on forgiveness and revenge. As I listened to the guest, Michael McCullough, I suddenly found myself thinking, “He is talking…
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